MR. C. HOLE
At Eskdale Academy, ensuring that children leave school as confident readers and writers is seen as non-negotiable. The social context of the school means that the children enter school with a low level of literacy but data shows that they leave with skills on par, or better, than the majority of schools.
Staff at Eskdale Academy always strive to instill a love of English in pupils and ensure they can use these skills in a range of different contexts. Independent reading takes place each day and teachers regularly share high-quality literature with their class in order to expose them to a range of vocabulary and structures.
Extended pieces of writing are completed regularly and there is an emphasis on doing this in a fun, enjoyable and meaningful manner.
CHILDREN'S READING BOOKS
When learning to read, children read books which are matched to the sounds they have learned. They practise reading these sounds to become more fluent and confident. The books and their progression match the Sounds-Write phonics scheme which is used across school. Books taken home by children should consolidate what has already been taught, retained and secured.
In Key Stage 2, the majority of children choose books based on the Accelerated Reader scheme. They choose from a selection of books before completing quizzes to demonstrate their understanding. A small number of children in Key Stage 2 may still need to access decodable readers.